I frequently find myself staring back at beautiful people who are so unaware of the light they bring to this world. I listen to broken hearts who tell me they are so useless and dirty, they’ll never be capable of doing something worthwhile. I listen to souls in bondage who define themselves by their mental stability because they’re convinced freedom of fear is too good to be true. I listen to men who are full of shame as they name themselves “defeat” after falling into lust again. I wipe away the tears of girls who are addicted to what the world and the mirror sees and think they’ll never be enough for a godly man to love her.
And as I hug each one and walk away, I realize I’m listening to the same damaging remarks inside my own head.
And it cripples me.
Lately it’s felt like it’s been one blow to the head after the other. Just as you find enough strength to pick yourself back up, a cold utterance of unworthiness smashes against your skull again. At the time you think it’s a good decision to keep it bottled up inside, because stubbornness doesn’t admit you’re falling from security. We are convinced the world doesn’t want to hear about the whispers that show us we aren’t enough; the haunting standard that we must do everything in our power to prove there is something special about us to keep around. So we lock this all up, build a wall and pretend we believe people when they tell us we are beautiful.
This is what lies do.
But glimpses of eternity came as a dear friend took me for a drive and listened to me cry in the passenger seat. She reminded me of the man who took blow after blow, endured the oppression, felt the heartbreak, witnessed the betrayal, and took the lies upon himself…for me.
And I finally was able to breath again, because Jesus is more than any empty word that departs from the devil’s lips. Jesus is enough, and He is mine.
We don’t have to be strong. We don’t even have to worry about being strong, because we have a God who is. So let’s stop wasting our energy attempting to hold it together, when all our Father wants is for us to give up the world and let Him give us His heart; to lift the veil from our eyes, fall on our knees in awe of the Truth and see who we really are.
You are His. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
You are treasured. (Exodus 19:5)
You are a masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
You are wanted. (Isaiah 30:18)
You are totally and completely forgiven. (1 John 1:9)
You are pure. (Ephesians 5:27)
You are covered. (1 Peter 4:8)
You are of great value. (Isaiah 43:4)
You are beautiful. (Psalm 34:5)
You are free. (Romans 8:1-2)
You are called. (1 Peter 2:9)
You are new. (1 Peter 1:3)
You are loved. (Romans 5:8)
And although the devil is a liar, he is loud. So we must stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around our waist and say, “No Satan, this is what my Father says. This is who He says I am. This is what He says I can do. This is what He says I can have.”
Children of God, Jesus has given you the ability to walk in such a way all you will see is that you are divinely His. Be rooted in these promises. These promises defeated the lies the day He felt every one of them upon His body.
And He won as He joyfully pulled us up from the grave.
There’s nothing more truer than that.